Seeking Reviews for Garcinia Cambogia

Last October, Dr. Oz gushed about some exciting research he found about a potentially new weight loss supplement, Garcinia Cambogia. Today we offer our view of the product, and ask for reader input on it as well.

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Let us preface by saying that Dr. Oz has become the poster child for online supplement scammers, spammers, and affiliates. If you find yourself on a website selling a “miracle” supplement with Dr. Oz plastered all over it, you’re probably better off exiting as fast as you can! That said, we wanted to take some time to actually review this product, because Dr. Oz showered it with such praise.

Note: Be sure to read our reviews of other Oz-touted products such as 7-KetoSaffron Extract, or Relora. And don’t miss the other two articles in this series: Comparing Garcinia Cambogia Vendors and Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

About Garcinia Cambogia Garcinia Cambogia, or “Gambooge,” is a subtropical species of plant native to southeast Asia and Africa. Supplements are created from the fruit’s rind. As this scathing article points out, the supplement has been around for years, and there are studies that indicate it doesn’t work at all.

This study concluded: Garcinia cambogia failed to produce significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with placebo.

WebMD
Despite the “Holy Grail” status Dr. Oz implied for Garcinia Cambogia, we find other voices, such as WebMD, a little more cautious. Regarding this plant, they state: Developing research suggests that garcinia might prevent fat storage and control appetite; however, whether these effects occur in humans is unclear. They also list it as Possibly Ineffective for weight loss.

Taking garcinia fruit rind extract doesn’t seem to decrease weight, fat breakdown, or energy expenditure in overweight people. There is some mixed evidence that garcinia might help people feel full even when eating less, but it’s too early to recommend garcinia for this use.

Side Effects
Though garcinia is generally considered safe, some people have experienced nausea, digestive problems, stomach cramps, and headaches while taking it. There is also some evidence that it may cause liver toxicity. Please see our more extensive article on the possible side effects of garcinia cambogia.

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Other Reviews
There are many brands of Garcinia Cambogia available, and you can find a few reviews scattered on different sites, such as this one or this one on Amazon.com. If you factor in that almost every product on Amazon now has a certain percentage of fake, glowing reviews, the percentage of good to bad reviews on there isn’t impressive. Notice that there are as many 1 to 3 star ratings as there are 4 and 5 star ratings.  A search of GNC finds several Garcinia Cambogia products, but very few reviews as of this writing.

Affiliate Marketers
Whenever Dr. Oz gets excited about a new product, affiliate marketers are quick to advertise using his name. Garcinia Cambogia is no exception. Just today we saw the ad to the right being advertised with a picture of Dr. Oz along with a before-and-after stock photo. This ad linked to a page on smart-lifestyles.net, which has many of the same stock photos and verbiage we saw back in the acai craze of 2009 (Their “Kristy” for example can be seen on this list of phony before and after photos from 2009). This affiliate site feeds you over to puregarciniacambogia.com. This site has the fake “almost out of stock” warning, and encourages their “free bottle” which is almost always a miniscule free trial which ends up costing you dearly.

If you want to try Garcinia Cambogia, hit your local health or supplement store. You can compare different brands, and you won’t get stuck in a recurring subscription from which you’ll struggle to cancel. Just remember that so far, every “miracle pill” Dr. Oz has touted has ended up not being so miraculous.

Bottom Line
When all is said and done, this supplement will likely prove to be another in a long line of unproven miracle pills, standing among acai berry, raspberry ketone, African mango, green coffee, and so many others. Dr. Oz prematurely endorsed all of those, and in each case they were used by scammers to bilk unsuspecting consumers out of hard-earned cash. Perhaps the biggest miracle in all of this is that Dr. Oz has any credibility left after so many failed miracle pill promises. Have you tried Garcinia Cambogia? We want to hear from you. Let us know your experience in the comments below. We’ll try to filter out most of the obviously fake or spammy comments.

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Article Updated April 24, 2013.

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597 Comments on Seeking Reviews for Garcinia Cambogia

  1. Hi, I started taking Garcinia Cambogia Extract 50% hca from Nutra Care AND Pure Green coffee Bean from Pure Health together the beginning of November. I started out at 176 pounds, I now weigh 164 pounds, it has suppressed my appetite I’m never hungry but I do eat something because I know I should, I eat very little now. I do not eat junk food, no candy or chips of any kind, I do however drink Pepsi and water. I’m very happy with the results that I’m getting so far.

  2. Hi,
    Yesterday (05/12/2013) I ordered the 3 month special offered by mygarciniacambogiadiet dot com. I live in South Africa and it was advertised as R231.00 per bottle plus two free. So I thought, that’s great, I can afford the R693 for the three bottles and went ahead and entered my credit card details.
    I then had to duck and dive a host of advertising for different “nutritional” products and when I finally arrived at the final page that confirmed my order I was HORRIFIED…..it says that the amount payable is $159 so with the dollar in excess of R10, it means that this order was now going to cost over R1600. I phoned my bank to cancel the transaction and they said that they can’t do anything, I would have to contact the merchant and ask them to cancel the order.
    I did that this morning only to be told that as it was an online order, it has already been sent off to shipping and that the best they can do is offer me a 25% discount…..so even with that it would be in excess of R1000 which is still considerably more than the original R693 advertised.
    This is shocking!! If a company has to rely on misrepresentation and manipulation like this to get sales, one can only assume that the product they are selling does NOT live up to their promises.
    This is FRAUD.
    My advice, stay away…or at the very least, stay away from Simply Garcinia Cambogia. The website is mygarciniacambogiadiet dot com.

  3. I started taking Garcinia Cambogia 2 weeks ago. Last week I was out and nearly fainted. I was dizzy, light headed and ready to go to the hospital thinking I was having a stroke. I took water and bought a cake to get some sugar into me which helped considerably. I have since been dizzy, nauseous, and slightly headachy so I have decided 3 days before Xmas to stop taking them to see if I return to normal. Weight reduction zero.
    I will try them again in a month and if the same happen I will throw them away. Shame Dr Oz I have been a fan of yours forever. I am now a huge skeptic.

    • I agree…they claim no side effects, but watch out. Also the product I used was Garcinia Today and it did not work. Unfortunately, it was a four month supply that you agree to purchase after the first 7 day trial (not much time for a trial). They just want your money, no customer satisfaction whatsoever.

  4. I used to weigh 104 pounds. I am 5 foot 2. After 2 children, I weighed about 120. I tried everything to lose weight but continued to gain. I broke my back 2 years ago and had a lumbar fusion. Needless to say, I had to rest a lot. I am 38 years old and went up to a staggering 145 and to make matters worse, I have a pretty severe generalized anxiety disorder. And then the depression set in. I would get out of bed in pain, look at the scale, cry, and climb back in bed with a chocolate bar. My husband and I went on a weight loss challenge. I was determined to win this bet. That is when I ordered Pure GC. Immediately, my energy increased. My depression is so much better and I no longer rely on medication for sleep. I sleep like a baby which I haven’t done in years. Week 3 on PGC. I lost 11 pounds and I never felt better. I may not have won the bet ( my husband lost 20 pounds. Lol.) but I pretty much got my life back on track. I may be exercising a slight bit more, but it is because I now have the energy to do so. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, I can plan my meals and portions more effectively because I no longer have the monster appetite I had before taking PGC. I was a HUGE skeptic before I tried it. I tried everything from the lemonade diet to starvation and binging and the salt water flush which made me vomit the third time doing it. And I continued to gain. With PGC, I don’t have to try to lose weight. I just do. Never felt better!!! I needed yo post this because it was no less than a miracle for me. I even went off of my antidepressant with doctor supervision. Can’t wait to be in the 120′s and running around with my kids again. I work for no company nor do I advertise for any. I am just an everyday mom who needed to tell the world that yes. It does work for some. I don’t believe it works for everyone but it sure is making me happier and healthier. It is worth trying. I have had no negative side effects whatsoever!

  5. Laura Stepp // January 3, 2014 at 9:48 am // Reply

    Tried product for 3 months. Did nothing except curb appetite slightly. No weight or fat lose. They did cancel on line script courtesly.

  6. Used product for3 months did not work for me. Only contains 1000mg of fruit and 60% HCA. However they did graciously canceled my online script.

  7. I just finished a full bottle of Garcinia Cambosia and am disappointed. I have no weight loss. And in the last 2 weeks have suffered from severe cramping that kept me in bed. They wouldn’t last all day, maybe 2-3 hours but it felt like bad menstrual cramps. In my opinion, any kind of weight loss, if I had any, is not worth this kind of side effect. I’m done with Garcinia Cambosia.

  8. Maria Henry // January 9, 2014 at 8:22 am // Reply

    Did anybody try doing the coffee program with the lipo garcinia? Thats what im doing. Its only been 3 days but ive definitely noticed nauseua if I dont drink enough water. Definitely curbs my appetite. So we will see!

  9. I thought the Garcinia Cambogia was working great at first I have been taking it for 14 days today I lost 15bls. the first week and none this week Now I am getting really dizzy is this normal….
    I know it is the fat burner because I am fine tell I take the pill. I want to lose wieght I was at 250 first week when I wieghed I was 235 now I’m still at 235.. this is disapointing..

    • Hi .. just wondering did you change your diet in any way or start exercising more? Do you recommend it ? I’ve just started my month trial yesterday and I’m worried I’m wasting my time!

  10. WATCH OUT FOR SCAMMMMMMSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! If you get this product over the internet make sure it is a legit site! I don’t remember the name of the one I ordered mine off of but it stated that you get 1 free bottle and just pay $5.99 shipping. The $5.99 cleared my account and a week later, I get a call from my bank saying they detected fraud. Low and behold the same company charged $99.99 to my account with NO approval from me! The lady at my bank was actually familiar with this product and said that her mother had been using the kind from Wal-Mart for months and loves it….

    As for the product I do have more energy but I have only been taking it for about a week. No complaints except for the SCAM! If I wind up liking this product I will defiantly go to Wal-Mart for a refill…..

  11. I have been taking this Garcinia Cambogia product for 1 week now, and I have not lost any weight.

    This product has given me painful burning diarrhea and I have been very ill, that I have had to stay ib bed for 2 days. Do not use it, and yes I am very dissappointed in Dr. Oz recommending such a dangerous product.

  12. Its really fantastic to be a part of discussing about Garcinia Cambogia. I also found it useful and everybody should know about this.

  13. I just started taking the garcina i ordered it from Whole body research , today is day 3 started to get headaches and my stomach feels bloated… If this is a scam i will be so pissed as i see from the other reviews that this is a scam… Dr. Oz how much are you getting paid from these companies to endorse their product! One has to wonder!

  14. Been taking it fir three months and now have a horrible rash on my arms and legs.

  15. This is review will help others not to be SCAMMED, I will be glad. I ordered from Garcinia Today. They tie you into a four month plan at $89.95 per bottle, no chump change, AND IT DOESN’T WORK! They are no refunds and no customer satisfaction. A total waste of a lot of money. There might be good, quality and honest companies out there, but watch out for the fake ones and those there only for your subscription to scam you such as Garcinia Today (GarciniaToday.com).

  16. I finished the whole bottle of Garcinia Cambogia. I took the clean out as suggested before bed. During the first week I experienced a huge increased appetite. I could eat and never get full. I had constant gas and constant bloating and cramping. I didn’t know if this was just because of a shock to system or if this would continue. At the end of the bottle I noticed that I gained 5 pounds taking the pills. I took the 1,000 mg. tabs and 60 HCL and still did not work for me. Very disappointed, they cancelled order with no money back.

  17. Garnicia gave me the worst side effect; constant bloating, headache, and gas. I didn’t lose significant weight either. I got my Garnicia from Healthy Product and they refused to refund.

  18. It made me very thirsty…..but maybe that is a good thing….

  19. I took the ‘LifeExtension’ brand for three weeks. Not only did I gain weight, but had bloating, diarrhea, stomach pain. The only addition was more time spent on the elliptical machine and I gained,… go figure!!

  20. Barbara Ann Ramey // March 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm // Reply

    I started taking Garcinia Cambogia one week ago. 1500 mg., 50.0% HCA. Have not lost any weight, it does not suppress my apetite, although I have been eating a lot less. I thought it made sense to diet along with taking it. I have not noticed any side effects, but it just doesn’t seem to do anything. It’s supposed to make you feel full after just a few bites, but it doesn’t do this for me. One week is not enough to give it a fair trial, so I will continue to take it for a few more weeks. I am always hungry.

  21. I’m shocked at all the negative comments!
    I’m on my 5th day of ‘Whole Body GC’, and I’m already down 3 pounds!
    I used to eat a lot whether I was hungry or not. Now, my appetite has been curbed in a way that my stomach don’t ‘want’ to eat as often or as much.
    I have zero negative side effects. I did however increase my water intake, not because it made me thirsty, but because I figure if there isn’t as much food in my belly as before, there should be water. It seems to help the GC along better too.
    My energy doubled, and I just plain feel better.
    Also, having to take a pill half hour before each of your 3 meals, makes you think about and control just when and what you will be eating, instead of just eating whatever.

    My advice…it’s not a ‘magic’ pill! There’s work on your part as well.

  22. Barbara Ann Ramey // March 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm // Reply

    I have been taking Garcinia Cambogia for over a week and a half now. It did start suppressing my appetite after about a week. And I started making sure to drink lots of water. I still am not seeing much weight loss. Only a pound or two at the most, but I plan to take it for at least a few more weeks. Even though my scale isn’t showing much weight loss, my body shape seems to be changing, and I look like I have lost. Maybe my scale is not weighing right. Anyway, I still have hope that it is working and I think probably, it will work better after you have been taking it for awhile.

  23. Rich Clarke // March 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm // Reply

    I bought this stuff after watching Dr. Oz. He never talked about side effects when talking about this product it was all positive so I bought a bottle and shared it with my wife. We both had severe stomach cramps, gas and bloating. And I paid for this to happen to us. The worst diet pill I ever ate. Pay good money to make yourself sick, this stuff really hurt us…

  24. I took GC from Hampshire Labs for 3 weeks and gained 5 pounds, plus had horrible indigestion, diarrhea, and headaches. Maybe this stuff works for some people but certainly not for me. Hampshire has offered to refund but we’ll see.

  25. I’m reading all these terrible comments, and though I haven’t gotten my bottle in the mail tweet, I’ve read a lot of stuff on it and you people need to take a cleansing pill with it also. You can’t just take the straight pill. It’ll mess you up pretty bad and it doesn’t help you lose weight. You have to combine it with a colon cleanser.

  26. I have been using GC for almost a month now I take it three times a day thirty minutes before every meal I haven’t seen a sign of weight loss at all I do have a lot of stomach pains and i’m never hungry anymore always full but I eat because I have to but when I do eat its very little I like the appetite but I wish I would lose some actual weight. reading all these comments im beginning to get upset that it will not work majority of the comments are bad I see very few that they do the product says its supposed to work over 12 weeks well im half way there and don’t see a change at all im upset and want to write dr.oz as well. If your reading these comments do not try GC if it does work it takes time!!!!!!!! months maybe years your better off hitting the gym

  27. poul smith // March 28, 2014 at 3:06 am // Reply

    I have been taking Garcinia Cambogia for over a week and a half now. It did start suppressing my appetite after about a week.

  28. I took GC from Hampshire Labs for 3 weeks and gained 5 pounds, plus had horrible indigestion, diarrhea, and headaches.

  29. After taking Garcinia Extract capsule I experienced a SEVERE ATTACK OF BLOATING,CRAMPS & VOMITING which lasted over 12 hours. I ceased taking them for a week then started again only to be crippled with the same reaction. I have never suffered from such pain. I have followed the instructions, drinking plenty of water. My GP has received many complaints about the product & warns of its severe side effects.

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  31. gerald hebert // April 10, 2014 at 11:18 am // Reply

    I started taking 1 tablespoon of Salva Hispanica (CHIA) every morning 3 years ago.I still think this is really good food, however, after about one Month, my belly started to grow. I now learned that you do not take that every day; only when doing a hard Sport day, e.g. going for a long bike ride, canoe trip, judo clinic, etc. My wife did tell me that I was taking too much of it but I did not heed her advice. Sorry too late.
    Now about this Garcinia Cambogia poison. I listened to this Dr. Oz guy one day as he was telling everyone about this special stuff that would take off belly fat. Convincing as he can be, with his all-knowing kind of attitude, I fell for it. I really believed that it would rectify FAT BELLY!!!
    I ordered online and received 2 bottles of 60 capsules plus an extra one cause I did this special for a total of 180 capsules and started taking these about 4 weeks ago. On the bottle it says PURE Garcinia Cambogia Extract. 100% All Natural. 110097EXP 12/16. Suggested use: As a dietary supplement, take (1) one capsule two times a day 30 minutes before meals with an 8oz. glass of water. After about one week, I started to feel my calf muscles tightening up and some pain. I walk and bike a lot. Then passing gas more than when just on Chia. Then headachy in the morning. Then acid reflux. Nausea. My belly felt bigger and bloated. Then some depression crept in. I thought it was due to our longer than average winter, however, even a week in Cuba did not help. Things kept building up in last last Friday, the 7th of March. Heavy Diarrhea set in with terrible cramps, concentrated in lower left side of my abdomen. I stayed in all weekend and on Monday headed for my doctor’s office. They were a bit perplexed and ordered Stool: virology, culture, O/P which is now being done. I stopped the Chia and the Garcinia pills. Only then did I decide to do a Google search and luckily fell onto this Waffelsatnoon.com site, where I was able to read all of these negative comments on this poisonous stuff. WOW! Am feeling a lot better already. Hoping that the lab. tests come out negative. Hoping too that my liver was not damaged.
    So, be very careful with these herbal thingys everyone, even with a Dr. Oz doing the pitching. Some will do ANYTHING for a Buck. I am sending a copy of this to my Doctor and our National Dept. of Health in Ottawa. This poison should be banned. Not the Chia….as I will eat some more in the future when doing extra physical stuff like Walkathons, long bike rides, etc. One tablespoon in the morning 4 to 5 times a Month won,t hurt. Very good when baked into Brownies…. Tell your friends about this…………. I still teach Kodokan Judo as a Godan(5th degree B.B) and am not on any type of medication. Physical Exercise is the key. My last excellent exercise was to dump the remaining Garcinia pill into the garbage can with ceremony……including #%^^)(_*(_)+_)+)+) Dr. Oz!

  32. I took 2 capsules before breakfast and 2 before lunch, and by dinner, I was cramping, had diahrea 6 times, and violently vomited 3 times. The nausea and pain lasted 4 hours, I had to cancel work the next day. I also was so weak despite eating a little and sipping water, that I slept 12 hours.

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